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Bipolarized – Rethinking Mental Illness – Feb 17

Join us February 17, as Rethinking Psychiatry presents

BIPOLARIZED
Rethinking Mental Illness

A film by Rita Kotzia

Bipolarized - Rethinking Mental Illness
The film BIPOLARIZED follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms through alternative treatments and dig up the root cause of his mental breakdown.

  • Winner, Special Jury Award, Health & Wellness, Worldfest International Film Festival.
  • Winner, Certificate for Creative Excellence, U.S. International Film & Video Festival.
  • Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Mad in America Film Festival.

View the trailer at www.bipolarizedthemovie.com

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
7:00 PM
The Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

Barbara Ford Workshops

Barbara FordThanks to Barbara Ford for an inspiring presentation at Rethinking Psychiatry’s January 20th meeting!

For those who missed our meeting, or those wanting more information, she has two workshops scheduled for January 23 and January 30.  Visit Barbara’s website for more information.  www.BarbaraFord.net

Despair & Resilience in Changing Times – Jan 20

How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Giving Up

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Rethinking Psychiatry is pleased to welcome Barbara Ford as guest speaker for our first monthly meeting of 2016.

Barbara Ford shares the film, “Joanna Macy and the Great Turning”.

She will lead discussion and interactive processes on the importance of honoring and supporting our emotional and spiritual responses to the difficult news of the world.

Barbara FordBarbara has been an activist, therapist, facilitator, singer, and artist with over thirty years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, activists, intentional communities, non-profits, and schools.

Wednesday 7:00 pm  –   January 20, 2016
The Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon

Compassionate Listening Workshop, Jan 9-10

Compassionate listening

Two days of immersion into the world of listening with and speaking from the heart!

Compassionate Listening Basics Intensive:
Healing Our World from the Inside Out

Presented by Compassionate Listening Oregon

compassionate listening logoSaturday-Sunday, January 9-10, 2016
Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation
490 19th St NE,  Salem, Oregon

Facilitators: Joanie Levine & Yehudah Winter
Assistant: Christine Gilman

Compassionate Listening teaches how to speak and listen from the heart, without trying to fix the problem, judge the individual, or give advice.  Pre-Register Now!

For more information, click here, or call 503-287-8737.

Mysticism, Madness & Global Justice – Dec 16

spiritual emergency Sometimes deep transformation can come as mental health crisis…

Join Rethinking Psychiatry for a presentation by Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH on spiritual awakening, spiritual emergency and directing our development for personal and global healing.

Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH

Harriet Cooke, MD, MPH

Drawing on research and personal experiences, Harriet will discuss crises that often precede spiritual awakening, as well as challenges caused by spiritual awakening, and how to support the process and each other.

Wednesday, Dec 16, 7 PM
The Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 N. Killingsworth St
Portland, OR

ADHD vs ADHB

by Harriet Cooke MD, MPH & Rachel Levy, LCSW

It is dangerous to be right on matters on which the established authorities are wrong.  –Voltaire, 1751

hyperactive girlHyperactivity. Lack of focus. Impulsive behavior. Trouble following rules. Difficulty with organization. Many people believe these are symptoms of a disorder, and that medication is necessary to treat this condition. There is a wide movement of dissent, however, that questions the temptation to lump all people with these behaviors into the same condition.

When do such behaviors constitute a disorder? When is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) simply ADHB (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Behavior)? And is this behavior even a disorder, or simply a personality type? Or is a product of our culture?

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Weds, Nov 18 – We Survived ADHD Without Drugs!

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Rethinking Psychiatry presents Steve McCrea, MS, author and child advocate, for an interactive evening as he shares his journey raising active, intense, challenging children to adulthood.

Steve will provide perspectives based on personal and professional experience (including scientific research) on challenging questions like:

  • What does the research say about ADHD?
  • Is ADHD a mental disorder or are there other ways to understand it?  Which explanations help our children most?
  • Does stimulant treatment make things better or worse in the long term?
  • What else can be done to help active, intense & adventurous children to thrive?

Steve McCrea MSSteve McCrea, MS is an educator, counselor and author with over 30 years of social services experience. He is the father of three boys, two of whom exhibited all the classic symptoms of ADHD. In addition to doing years of literature research into the ADHD phenomenon, Steve helped create the Trillium Charter School, a child-focused K-12 learning environment where his youngest son thrived. Steve is also the author of “Jerk Radar: How to Stop a Bad Relationship Before It Starts,” a practical guide to avoiding abusive relationships.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7 PM
Blazers Boys & Girls Club
5250 NE Martin Luther King Blvd
Portland, OR

Weds, Oct 21 – Right to Dream Too (R2D2)

R2D2 Right to Dream Too

Rethinking Psychiatry presents

Mental Health, Houselessness & Making a Home

Ptery LeightPtery Leight of Right to Dream Too (R2D2) will discuss:

  • How houselessness can lead to mental health challenges
  • How mental health challenges can lead to houselessness
  • How R2D2 approaches mental health crisis
  • Redefining mental health and home

$10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:45-8:45 PM
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
Room #301    New Room!
049 SW Porter St. Portland

Ample free parking on east end of building.

For a map & directions, click here

Weds, Sept 16 – eCPR: Emotional CPR

eCPR - Emotional CPR

Rethinking Psychiatry Presents

A Preview of eCPR

eCPR is a form of heart-to-heart connection for emotional resuscitation.  eCPR is part of an international movement developed by peers.  It is trauma-informed and based on the values of a healthy community.

Become a first responder to people in emotional crisis!

Preview presenters:

  • Fawn Preston, Certified eCPR Trainer
  • Miranda Lovelong, Mental Health Life Coach, Certified eCPR Facilitator
  • John Herold, Director, Puget Sound Hearing Voices, Certified eCPR Facilitator
Wednesday,  September 16, 2015
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
049 SW Porter St, Portland

Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training

Presented by Portland Hearing Voices & HVN USA

June 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2015

phvtraining600In this 3-day training, voice hearers and people who experience other extreme/altered states come together with people who have not experienced these states. The result is a powerful, diversified environment for learning, and a solid foundation for setting up and facilitating groups. Peers, professionals and allies are welcome: priority to those committed to creating a group.

This Hearing Voices Facilitators Training, presented by Oryx Cohen and Kate Hill, will give you the skills and knowledge to run Hearing Voices and Extreme States support groups!

Hearing Voices Groups (also called Voices, Visions and Extreme States groups) are a peer-led place to share and explore voices and any other kind of unusual and extreme experience, in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere. These states are sometimes labeled psychosis, but HVN embraces a much wider view of human possibility.

To receive an application, please email k8hill1 @gmail.com. Applications due 4/17/15, selected trainees will be notified by 5/15/15.

Cost: $300 (Please let us know if you need financial assistance). Trainees are responsible for their own travel, lodging and meals.

Location: Portland, OR (specific location to be determined)